Saturday, August 16, 2014

Trying out my new Dragon software

Hello everyone!

I decided to buy the new Dragon software. It is their 13th edition. QVC was selling it for about $80 with free shipping for two programs. I am typing this entire thing using my voice.

I am not sure how I feel about the software so far but will post a review soon. It is similar to talk-to-text on your smart phone.

Yesterday I went to the doctors. It was my weekly Friday appointment at my new doctor`s. We very much like him. He scraped the scar tissue on my knee and on my back. My back has some pain from the shingles last year but honestly it isn't bad. He also did electric stimulus (it hurts!) on my wrist and knee. He is working on my left side first since that is where most of the pain is.

I am feeling wonderful mentally and emotionally. Being off almost all of my medicine has helped my spirits. This week I am going from 12.5 mg of Ambien to 10 mg. I may even drop it a bit more if that goes well. So far the withdrawal symptoms from the decrease of Ambien have not been bad. Just a few bad dreams. My doctor said to take my time on decreasing this since it does help me sleep through the pain.

It does hurt to walk which I do not do often. I have a wheelchair and walker which are great. I use the walker around the house and the wheelchair when I go out. Tomorrow I have plans on attending church which will be the first time in MONTHS! 

My wrists and hands have also been hurting. Thankfully I haven't woken up with "claw hand" in weeks which is a wonderful blessing. Yes, the pain is there when I wake up. But I can move my hands which is great.

The new doctor wants me to sweat. However, It has been cold here in PA. Last night it was in the 30's! Okay, it was like 39...but still! It is AUGUST.

Today was the first day of sunshine in awhile and I took advantage of it. I laid in the sun (with sunscreen on) for a total of 4 hours. I sweat a lot which is wonderful. I hope the sun continues to shine. I am also enjoying our hammock and my Nook. We have wireless internet and so I can watch YouTube and read. While laying in the sun I enjoyed listening to my new Pandora channel: Be Thou My Vision. I am loving the old hymns right now. 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.


  1. I haven't posted in awhile but I wanted you to know that I am still following your blog and thinking about you. My mom has wanted to buy me the dragon software for years so I will be curious to hear what you think (I have RSD in one hand). Thank you for your updates. I don't have any insight, I just wanted to let you know that I am keeping you in my thoughts. :)

  2. Hi Melissa
    I have been following your blog for awhile now. I want you to know that I continually pray for your health -- you are quite an inspiration to many out in the world. Keep the faith. Sharon Cerkoney

  3. Zoey - I am so sorry you have RSD. I will be doing a review on the Dragon 13 home edition soon. My hubby is also trying it and so it will be good to have his thoughts. I will let you know!

    Sharon - Thank you. I gotta tell you, I don't feel like an inspiration. Some days I just throw myself a pity party and want to cry. Thank you for the nice thought.


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